Indy car bullies in the early ’80s but it
didn’t take long for Andretti to impose
his will and for Lola to design a winner.
In 1983, its debut season in the series,
Newman/Haas Racing scored two wins
and two pole positions, which was an
impressive start. But they owned the
championship in ’84 – Mario dominating
with six victories and eight poles.
The one-car effort stayed competitive
through the late ’80s but really took off
in ’89 when Michael Andretti came on
board. The second-generation racer
racked up 20 wins through the next four
years, and won the ’91 CART title.
“Carl was smart,” states Michael. “He
got the best mechanics, engineers and
The Lola T700 of ’83 was flaky at first, but Newman/Haas and Mario evolved it into a winner. The following year’s T800 was strong from the start, and the CART/IndyCar championship fell to them easily. Over the next nine seasons, only twice would Mario finish outside the top six in the standings. His final win and final pole came in ’93 at Phoenix and Michigan, respectively. He retired from Indy cars at the end of ’94.